Just as much as it is your home, it is also the home to your cat as well. And while there are many things that you can do to make yourself feel more comfortable, your cat doesn’t have the same luxury. Therefore, you have to be doing the things for them that are going to make them feel most at ease.
Whether you are just getting a new cat or you have had your feline for a while, there are always some improvements that are waiting to be made. And it is these enhancements that we are going to be discussing in this blog post. Don’t worry; most of them are very straightforward, but they can still make all the difference nevertheless!
Allow for Safe Exploring
Cats are naturally curious creatures, but you don’t want them to get hurt when they are exploring your home. Also, you don’t want anything valuable to get broken, so put away anything which may topple off a shelf and get broken. Cats can jump very high indeed, so don’t automatically assume that something is out of their reach. Any spaces which could potentially dangerous to them should be blocked off as best you can.
There may be some spaces that you want to make more accessible to your kitty, and you can do this with a window perch or climbing frame. This is especially important if you have a cat who is getting older or who has some trouble with jumping. Cat climbing frames are great as they often have places where your cat can sharpen up their claws, and they keep your kitty away from your furniture.
If you want to give your cat access to a window, try to choose one where there is a lot going on outside. Even if your cat stays inside the house most of the time, they will still enjoy watching wildlife as it darts past. Domesticated felines still want to feel connected to the outdoor world as it provides them with plenty of entertainment and gives them some chance to exercise their hunting instincts.
Give Your Cat Somewhere to Hide
You may have already noticed that your cat tries to climb inside any box that you put down whenever they get half a chance. So, if your cat doesn’t already have their own bed, this could prove to be a good starting point in giving them a restful place where they can lay their head. Some cats are happy enough to curl up wherever they can, whereas others prefer the security of a cat bed. Ultimately, it is worth doing a little bit of experimentation to work out what your four-legged friend prefers.
A fun toy that you could get is a play tunnel, which great for energetic cats who love bounding through enclosed spaces. You can also get tunnels that double up as beds as well. Or if you are on a tighter budget, you could always create a similar effect by using some towels or blankets. While cats like to be social sometimes, there are other occasions when they want to shut themselves off from the outside world, so you should provide the opportunity to do this.
Play with Your Cat
One of the best ways to form a bond with your cat is to play with them. There are plenty of different cat toys out there including the ‘fishing rod’ style string toys which you can drag along the ground. And there are the toys that allow for independent play as well such as ping pong balls and fake mice. If your cat is a fan of catnip, you could look into getting some of the toys that are infused with this substance. We have already talked about cat climbing frames, and these often have toys built into them. Or if you would like to test your cat’s intelligence, there are the ‘puzzle games’ that allow your cat to win treats whenever they complete an activity well. It is also worth investing in a cat scratching post as this will help to keep your kitty away from your furniture or anything else that they could tear to shreds. You may find that your cat is not instantly drawn to the post, so you are going to have to work a bit harder to bring their attention to it. Rather than tucking it away in the corner of the room, you could instead put it more in the middle of the space. If this still doesn’t work, try surrounding it with some toys or spraying it with a bit of catnip. This should help to get your kitty’s attention!
Rather than just allowing your cat to play with the same things all the time, you should try to get some new toys from time to time to keep their interest levels high. Alternatively, you could hide some of the toys and use a rotation system, so your cat will forget about a certain toy, only to become excited like it is brand new when it is brought out again!
It is a nice idea to select a combination of toys that can be enjoyed independently and those that you can play with together. This way, your cat always has access to some toys that are going to keep them interested and engaged – even when you are not around.
Create a Better a Feeding Experience
Just like the atmosphere of a fancy restaurant can enhance the culinary experience for you, it is certainly possible to improve your cat’s enjoyment of their food by changing things up a little bit. First, think about the type of dish they are eating from. If your cat has particularly long whiskers, it can be irritating if they are constantly touching the sides of the dish. Instead, you could try switching to one which comes in a plate style or a shallower dish.
Another point to consider is where you choose to place the dish. In the wild, eating can be quite a vulnerable experience, which is why you may notice that your cat isn’t entirely relaxed when they are having a meal. Look out for anything that could put them on edge like another pet or a young child. Rather than placing their dish in the corner of the room, you could instead put it more out in the open. This way, your cat has clear and obvious views of what is going on around them – and some places to escape if they feel like this is necessary.
You should also avoid watching your cat while they eat as this can easily end up making them feel uncomfortable. Give them the time, space, and privacy they need to enjoy their meals properly. Make sure to wash your cat’s dishes on a regular basis to get rid of any bacteria. After all, you wouldn’t want to eat from a dirty dish, so why should your cat? Make sure to leave plenty of fresh water down. This is especially important if your cat only subsists on a dry food diet as they are not getting the moisture that they need from their meals.
If you are going to introduce any new food to your cat’s diet, you should do so slowly. You don’t want to risk causing them any stomach upset. You could even try mixing the new food in with the old food to ease the transition phase. Varying up your cat’s food from time to time helps to prevent them from getting stuck on a single food and never being able to change from it.
Put Their Litter Box in the Right Place
When your cat needs to answer the call of nature, they want to do so in an environment where they feel comfortable. The first point to bear in mind is that you should put it away from they eat, as no one wants to do their business in this area! You should have a separate litter box for every cat in the house, plus an extra spare one. This helps to prevent any territorial behavior from becoming an issue. Choose a place that offers some privacy. If you have a room by the backdoor, this could prove to be the ideal choice as it feels closer to the outdoor world too.
Making your cat feel more comfortable in your home can be as simple as making a few adjustments to your house environment, focusing on the areas that your cat uses. Hopefully, you should start to notice some improvements in their behavior and general happiness as well. You don’t have to change everything all at once. Instead, you could do it little by little to see how your cat reacts. If everything seems A-OK, you can continue to make improvements until you have created the perfect living environment for your furry friend.
- 10 Tips for Bringing a New Kitten Home – Animal Planet
- How to Make Your Home Comfortable for a Senior Cat – PetMD